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Pilot Hit the Bottle After Flying with Tommy Lee

2/2/2009 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Turns out the helicopter pilot who allegedly flew Tommy Lee dangerously close to an LAPD chopper yesterday had a "celebration drink" with T.L. after landing. What's more, he has a history of wild flying... and Tommy Lee has a history of being his passenger!

Tommy Lee

Pilot David Martz was actually charged with reckless operation of an aircraft in 2006 after landing his bird in a residential neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills. The pilot picked up Tommy Lee and two other passengers and they went to a Nine Inch Nails concert in Orange County.

As we first reported, the LAPD forced a chopper to land at the Van Nuys Airport yesterday after it flew under and too close to an LAPD helicopter. Pilot Martz was flying Tommy Lee around. We're told after the chopper landed, Tommy Lee disappeared and by the time cops got to the airport to interview the pilot, he had been drinking vodka. We're told LAPD took Martz to the cop shop for a blood alcohol test, which proved inconclusive.

Check out this photo the pilot gave us yesterday, showing him and Tommy Lee cruising back from Palm Springs yesterday afternoon, shortly before they were ordered to land. Martz says when they landed he and Tommy had a "celebration drink." Martz says when he was taken to the station for a breathalyzer, he blew a .01 and a .02. Martz gave us a copy of the breathalyzer receipt.

The FAA is investigating the incident.


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Shame on both of them. However, Tommy, do you ever wonder what your children think?? Do you evern think of
your children. Sad if someone innocent got hurt, but also, if you yourself got hurt or killed what it would
do to your boys. Your one hell of a father, arn't ya?

2087 days ago

# 70 is a fucking biggot freak    

You know what would be awesome? If there was a Nine Inch Nails show in Orange County. Dumbasses. All of em'.

2086 days ago


i am a high time chopper driver with over 20 years in helosbuissines
guys like this one make all good aviators look like dirtbags it is a shame for all pilots out there
i hope the FAA will do the right thing to banned guys like this from the skys it would be way safer for the one in the sky and the one on the ground

2086 days ago
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